Daily Distraction: Read Hanif's GQ cover story on Steph Curry

In news that will surprise no one, it is a very good piece of writing

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Author and poet Hanif Abdurraqib poses for a portrait on Monday, July 12, 2021 at his home in Columbus, Ohio. Abdurrquib was recently named an editor-at-large for Portland-based publisher Tin House where he will develop and edit three books a year.

The February issue of GQ features Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, along with the headline "The Man Who Changed Basketball Forever." Inside the magazine, the writer making a case for that designation is none other than Columbus author, poet, cultural critic, MacArthur "genius" and diehard Timberwolves fan Hanif Abdurraqib.

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In the profile, Abdurraqib speaks with Curry himself, of course, but it's often the commentary from Curry's current and former coaches that fully fleshes out the picture of this NBA legend who continues to redefine what is possible on the court, yet still considers himself an underdog.

Plus, this is a story with vivid, poetic writing that could only come from Abdurraqib, like this section describing Curry's style of play: "The beauty that has always been present in his game still remains. Not just the shots themselves, the miracle heaves over a forest of arms, or the wide-open effortless flicks that look good even while still ascending. But also the beauty in Curry's movement. His is a game predicated on a series of small escapes, running through slivers of space in hopes of finding some larger sliver of space on the other end." 

Give it a read here. And while you're at it, why not revisit one of Abdurraqib's Alive cover stories?